Dance workouts are a popular way to get in some cardio, and there are many styles to choose from. Dance party workouts are a popular choice. At Houston-area YMCAs, there is Night Club Cardio.
Night Club Cardio®: A cardio dance party that fuses exercise with dance moves in a nightclub setting. Dance moves are easy to follow and set to the hottest hits across multiple genres including: pop, hip-hop, free-style, disco, Latin, Bollywood, swing and many more.
Expect the lights to be dimmed during the class. Effect lights shine red, yellow, blue, and green lights. (Like a night club…)
The music is loud, and for the most part, it has included more recent pop hits (like Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” and some Pharrell). I have not really experienced a mix of genres like Bollywood and swing. The instructor demonstrates the moves, which are choreographed to the music. The moves are repeated multiple times, so the routines can be learned.
Intensity and instruction will vary based on instructor. With one instructor, I barely broke a sweat, and she didn’t show many modifications. A second instructor offered a more intense workout with modifications that added energy (like jumps). There are some toning moves, like squats and lunges, but the emphasis is on cardio.
There may or may not be verbal cueing during class. I prefer a class with verbal cues. It can be difficult to see the instructor in a crowded class. You don’t always see hand motions indicating direction or move changes.
The class is fun if you like to dance, appreciate choreography, and like a festive environment (thanks to the nightclub lighting). It’s a beginner to intermediate level workout. There is not necessarily a consistency from class to class if you get different instructors.